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  • Capitol Notebook: The Statehouse and the hospital

    My earliest memory of the Maine Statehouse is a sixth-grade field trip, crowding into the office of Gov. John Reed sometime in the mid-1960s. I’m not sure if that initial visit stoked my fascination with Maine politics and especially the Legislature, but it may have helped. So decade...

  • The Universal Notebook: LePage’s tax plan is DOA

    During his first term, Gov. Paul LePage got many of his ideas from the ultraconservative American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center. In his second term, his tax plan comes from an unexpected source: the Maine Democratic Party. The plan is to cut the income tax a...

  • Letter: Freeport library runs on taxes, user fees

    The Freeport Community Library has been struggling to weather deep cuts in our budget that resulted in the loss of two full-time librarian positions. We are sorry that letter-writer Andrea Goodrich of Pownal is disappointed at having to pay to use the library, but the Freeport Community Li...

  • Letter: Thanks to bus, car stays in Falmouth

    As a newcomer to Falmouth – my kids and I moved here from New York last year – I just wanted to say what a pleasure it's been to find Metro bus service so handy around Town Market. To be able to leave the car at home and slip into Portland to the movies, the library, Otto's (mash...

  • The Universal Notebook: Gay or straight, it's all in the family

    Last week, the National Organization for Marriage, the anti-gay marriage group that helped repeal Maine’s marriage equity law, held a rally in Augusta where Charla Bansley, Maine director of Concerned Women for America, made an inflammatory statement that must not go unchallenged. &l... 7

  • Editorial: Students restrained: What are Maine schools hiding?

    Last week's story by Emily Parkhurst about the use of therapeutic restraints on students in schools throughout southern Maine asked several key questions. Among them: • Are school staffers properly trained and certified to safely restrain students using potentially life-threate...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: Summer reports reveal progress in Portland schools

    I’m often asked if I work in the summer. When I say yes, the next question is, “So what do you do?” One of my summer assignments is to prepare reports for the state about the district’s suspension rate, graduation rate and the dropout rate. When I began as P...

  • Forecaster Forum: Not the time for a new City Hall in South Portland

    Now is not the time to be thinking about a new South Portland City Hall. There are more pressing priorities for city capital expenditures, especially given the current economic conditions: • The high school renovation issue has worked its way to the top of the priority list. I ...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer shows care, concern

    I always had within me a deep sense of gratitude having the Falmouth Flyer at my doorstep. It has proved to me that our town fathers have not cast aside the elderly and other citizens. In these days of economic and other distress, the Town Council continues to value its older citizens as much as ...

  • Letter: LePage for governor

    Most are aware that Paul LePage faced a turning point in his life. At 11, his misfortune closely mirrors words of a poem, “The Fighter”: “I fight a battle every day, Against discouragement and fear, Some foe stands always in my way, The path ahead is never clear.” The poem...